Social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak got a little more real this week in our state. What about where you live?
A little over two weeks ago, we were finally properly addressed by a suddenly serious President Trump and encouraged to begin social distancing. Being a polite little town, it appeared to me that everyone started taking it fairly seriously here. But when the directive to Stay at Home came in the form of the Governor's excutive order this past Monday, it took on a whole new meaning. The order was to go into effect at midnight Wedesday morning - so Monday and Tuesday saw many people (hubs included) scrambling for some last minute items they might need (or want) in order to truly hunker down from 3/25 through 4/7.
And now here we are.
Hunkered down (sounds so determined)
Cocooning (sounds about right - I'm thinking we'll all be ready to molt come June)
Social distancing as if our lives depended on it (because some lives do)
And starting to go a bit stir-crazy.
I'm finding myself thankful for a rainy weekend. It makes it easier somehow to stay home and pretend like it's just life as normal.
Though, of course, nothing's really normal right now, is it?
Early in the week, we learned that one of our neighbors has tested positive for COVID and another believes she has it and is quarantining herself. That certainly got our attention. Thankfully, both appear to be nearly over it without having to spend time in a hospital. Being no stranger to taking a meal to someone sick, I have to say it was a first for me to leave hot soup outside the door, and text from a distance that it was safe (for me) for them to open their door and collect it.
Living near Indianapolis and having many people in our community as commuters to the city (hubs was one until last July), we've gotten more than our fair share of outbreaks in our county. While compared to areas in New York or even Michigan, we're minor leaguers when it comes to the number of confirmed COVID cases here, but today's local newspaper headline was that ten people have tested positive in a large nursing home in town (some are staff, some are residents).
Learning this was a reminder that our harmless little sleepy town is at war. And that we do not vainly arm ourselves with sanitizer wipes when entering the battlefields of Mejier or Kroger.
Sunday, I posted what I thought was a great idea for motivating myself to move through my rooms, cleaning and "decluttering". Well, I got as far as the bedroom and one bathroom cabinet. Evidently, imagining myself sequestered to a room for 2 weeks didn't provide as much motivation to get rid of stuff as I thought it might.
So I'm doing away with proclamations about what I need, or think I want, to do with this stay-at-home time. While I will seek out good ways to spend my time, I'm not going to beat myself up over unproductive hours or days.
Hopefully, I'll get excited about something worth sharing here, but for now I think it will be enough to be more intentional about making connections with people (both in-person and online friends), reaching out to someone who is sick, being on the look-out for lonely someones, taking care of myself when I feel lonely, treating my husband with patience and kindness rather than irritation when we both are chomping at the bit for a change of scenery...
If I manage all that in addition to cooking, doing laundry, and getting in some exercise, I'll count the time well spent. And if I can manage to get into some sort of respectable sleep pattern (like collapsing into bed before 2 or 3 am - it was 5 am this morning 😵) I'll surely manage to do even more. Being healthy - in mind, body and spirit seem the most essential right now.
I came across the video below last weekend. It may not seem like it's saying anything all that new, but I really liked the presentation. And the reminders and clarifications are helpful. It's personal and heartfelt. It gave a sense of personal purpose to this social distancing we're all doing. It's not very long at all (6.38 minutes). I encourage you to watch to the end. She saves the best for last.